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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tatjana Soli Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781452679099
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When Claire Nagy marries Forster Baumsarg, the only son of prominent California citrus ranchers, she knows she's consenting to a life of hard work, long days, and worry-fraught nights. But her love for Forster is so strong, she turns away from her literary education and embraces the life of the ranch, succumbing to its intoxicating rhythms and bounty until her love of the land becomes a part of her. Not even the tragic, senseless death of her son Joshua at kidnappers' hands, her alienation from her two daughters, or the dissolution of her once-devoted marriage can pull her from the ranch she's devoted her life to preserving.But despite having survived the most terrible of tragedies, Claire is about to face her greatest struggle: an illness that threatens not only to rip her from her land but take her very life. And she's chosen a caregiver, the inscrutable, Caribbean-born Minna, who may just be the darkest force of all.Haunting, tough, triumphant, and profound, The Forgetting Tree explores the intimate ties we have to one another, the deepest fears we keep to ourselves, and the calling of the land that ties every one of us together. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Soli writes with such passion, it is inescapable, lyrical, and profoundly moving. The Forgetting Tree goes on my top-ten list. Jonis Agee, author of The River Wife
  • “Soli’s elegant and sensuous prose will keep you spellbound.”

    Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

  • “Beautiful and harrowing…[the] characters are unforgettable.”

    Richard Russo, New York Times bestselling author of That Old Magic Cape

  • “A haunting debut novel…quietly mesmerizing.”

    New York Times

  • “The story here is complex and expansive, and Soli’s prose is reminiscent of Eudora Welty’s. Like that writer, Soli’s sentences are tied to the land, and the effect is that, as much as this is a story about people, it is also a story about place and the imprint that each makes on the other.”

    Daily Beast

  • “A lush, haunting novel for readers who appreciate ambiguity, this work should establish Soli as a novelist with depth and broad scope.”

    Library Journal

  • “Soli has again created characters readers will love and care about. She does so with deceptively simple grace: Their yearnings breeze right into your life…The Forgetting Tree is a journey worth taking.”

    BookPage

  • “Soli writes with such passion, it is inescapable, lyrical, and profoundly moving. The Forgetting Tree goes on my top-ten list.”

    Jonis Agee, author of The River Wife

  • One of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books in 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexi | 2/17/2014

    " Really 3.5 stars, good character development, it was just hard to read about characters I didn't necessarily like. Well-written and a good audio choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/13/2014

    " Overall, I have to say that I did like this book. It was a pretty good book that held my attention throughout the book. The characters in the book were interesting. It was a little sad how the mother in the book ignored her husband and two daughters after her son was killed. How manipulative the character Marie was as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam Vandeursen | 2/10/2014

    " I loved her first book and loved the cover - that's reason enough to try a book right? Well, this book just couldn't figure out how to link the various story lines or where it wanted to go or how to get there. One strange voodoo mama that really through a curve ball into the mix. And we just never went anywhere. Can't recommend this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/12/2014

    " While some passages were so beautifully, truthfully written I had to read them twice, I found the book very solemn and off-putting. I'm not against a depressing story, but the tone of this was just gray, and it didn't keep drawing me in. Does that make any sense? The story itself had me wondering about whether some of the characters would really respond/behave the way they were written, so at times it wasn't believeable, and I couldn't connect. I do buy into the idea that a person could want something so bad that is missing from their life, that if it presents itself, they will act irrationally to hold on to it, as was the case with the main character. I guess the bottom line is I can't recommend this one, but I did enjoy Tatjana Soli's last novel alot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 1/11/2014

    " Huh. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Proceed with caution and read a variety of reviews to make sure you want to invest your time. Having said that I'm looking forward to The Lotus Eaters and more books by Soli. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 1/9/2014

    " I agree with other reviews on this novel. It is beautifully written but I found it extremely difficult to believe that a smart strong character such as Claire would immediately become ensnared by a young woman she does not know. Also - how could a supposedly loving family and friends basically abandon their wife/mother to a virtual stranger and not see the decay taking over the ranch? These issues make it hard for me to see the story as believable. I would have to say my rating is probably a 2.5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/9/2014

    " very different novel-I liked it a lot but it was creepy in places-I wonder what The Lotus Eaters was like? (by the same author) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 12/10/2013

    " Compelling despite its length. Gorgeous prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 8/29/2013

    " I rate this book a 2.5 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsea Carter | 7/24/2013

    " This book is...pretty racist. Also boring and trite. Mostly racist, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise Droz | 7/1/2013

    " Perfect to read in Southern California!!! Felt like I was living the setting. Complex feelings as a woman deals with breast cancer and an unimaginable personal loss. I liked the main character's ability to go out of the box. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyndsay | 6/8/2013

    " The story was really good but I couldn't stand the main character, Claire. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 3/31/2013

    " Felt distanced from the characters ... no emotional ties. Style was odd somehow. Tragic events presented too soon before you could feel anything for those grieving. Repetitious ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J. Large | 3/16/2013

    " Disappointing read after liking The Lotus Eaters so much. Too little about the real Minna until the end of the novel, and an overload of bizarre events made the story lose appeal as it progressed. Wandered away from theme but came back and struck the reader with it too many times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 2/3/2013

    " What a strange book. I felt compelled to finish it but at the end wondered why I did so. It was ok at best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 1/13/2013

    " I am not sure why I finished this book, it annoyed me so much. Initially I liked it, and the characters, but as each part changed, I found there to be a disconnect in the plot, characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 1/12/2013

    " Story evoked mixed feelings. But good writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilona Reef | 11/1/2012

    " Interesting story and well written "

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About the Author
Author Tatjana Soli

Tatjana Soli, born in Salzburg, Austria, and a graduate of Stanford, is an American novelist and short story writer. Her novels have won such awards as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, made the short list for the Los Angeles Book Prize, and made the list of New York Times Notable Books. Her stories have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Confrontation, Gulf Coast, and other publications. Her work has twice been listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.